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April 5th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Van Hollen hopes 'cooler heads prevail' in budget demands

Earlier on American Morning, Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling told AM's Christine Romans that Senate Democrats have done little to help reach a budget deal for funding the federal government. "So far there's nothing in the Senate," Hensarling said. "The Democrats not only do they not have a bill, they don't have a plan. They've put nothing on the table."

Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen responds this morning with AM's Kiran Chetry. Van Hollen says it is the Republicans' unwillingness to move on their position, rather, that is holding back a deal. He says Tea Party Republicans are "fueling this drive toward a shutdown."

"I really hope that cooler heads will prevail," Van Hollen tells AM, "because if you go to a shutdown, it will create all sorts of problems around the country."

Watch Van Hollen's full interview with Kiran here:


Filed under: Budget • Democrats • Politics
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  1. Stephen Jackson

    Kiran, thank you for a good interview on the budget with Rep. Chris Van Hollen. He says the Democrats in the House and Senate have moved a long way towards cutting the budget but the Tea Party Republicans in the House are blocking agreement on the budget. The house has proposed a budget that everyone can respond to. The Senate, controlled by the Democrats have not even proposed a budget. Why not? How can we, the public agree with the Democrats when they will not show us what they propose. Why doesn't the Senate act on the House's budget proposal or come up with one of there own. If the Senate would approve a budget the the House and Senate could work out the differences in committee, which is the proper procedure.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am |